The Republican Party once was the party of patriotism. Those were the days before the Republican president compared his search for sex partners in New York with military service in Vietnam, which he dodged. (Alexa play: We’ve Gotta Get Out of this Place by the Animals) Republican elected officials remaining silent when confronted with such an unpatriotic action by the president demonstrates the party’s drifting away from being the party of patriotism.
The Republican president avoids his patriotic duty to pay taxes or make his tax returns public. Republican elected officials not only do not object to this lack of patriotic fervor from the president many have defended this unpatriotic action. This is not the response of a patriotic party.
A patriotic president would not have nominated a secretary of state who was an oilman with Russian financial interests who was the director of a Russian-American energy company and had received the ‘Order of Friendship’ from Vladimir Putin. This Republican president did just that. And the Republican led Senate confirmed the nomination of Rex Tillerson.
A patriotic presidential candidate would not call upon Russia to intervene in an American presidential election as this president did. Patriotic Republican elected officials would have gone ballistic condemning such an unpatriotic action. The current Republican elected officials did nothing to address the unpatriotic words and actions of this president.
A patriotic president would not interfere with military discipline or the Uniform Code of Military Justice. A patriotic president would never undermine a military court decision. Only an unpatriotic president would assault the good order, discipline and morale of the military by pardoning a military member convicted of war crimes.
Punishing war crimes is essential to military discipline and the continued protection of military members under the Geneva Convention. Pardoning a war criminal is a startlingly unpatriotic act by an American president.
The Republican leadership was turned a blind eye to the president’s demoralizing action toward the United States Military. Republican leaders who loudly protest folks kneeling during the National Anthem (an expression protected by the constitution) remain silent while a president commits an undemocratic and anti-military action claiming to defend real warriors. Real warriors are the military members living by the rules of the UCMJ and the Geneva Convention. Military criminals are the ones who disregard the UCMJ and the Geneva Convention by choosing to act as the least moral human beings.
Instead of patriotically defending the constitution they are sworn to defend the Republican Senators and Representatives have defended an unpatriotic president. National polls show the Republican party members overwhelmingly support this unpatriotic president and the congress that supports him.
What happened to the patriotic Republican party?
See you next time.
(My official photo mid 90’s) (My official photo 1970)